4 tips on how to create a test in LessonUp
After numerous lessons on a topic you might be ready to assess what your students have learned, and what needs to be reinforced by implementing different learning techniques.
Assessing your students digitally is not as complicated as you might think. Most probably you already have a lot of material on your subject, both written and visual. All you need is a platform/tool with interesting interactive features, in which you can create a test/exam starting from the lessons you already have. With a couple of tips and tricks you can easily design a fun, interactive test to assess your students’ learning and stimulate them to improve.
Before creating a digital test in LessonUp please keep in mind the following tips. They will help you keep your students’ focus on the test and facilitate test correction/marking.
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1. Place the quiz questions at the end of your test:
Close-ended questions are evaluated automatically by LessonUp. If you place them at the end of your assessment, you won’t need to scroll through them while you are correcting the test. We advise you to build your test in the following way: start with open-ended questions, continue with drag & drop questions, and end with quiz questions.
2. Create bundles of related questions:
If you choose to show your students the test questions in random order (by creating a test and clicking on Test settings), that doesn’t apply to your own screen while correcting the test. Some questions may be related to each other or fall under the same topic. In this case you can create a question bundle by making some small adjustments to your lesson’s design. They will then appear as a bundle on your students’ screen also if you choose to shuffle test questions randomly.
How do you create a question bundle? It’s simple. 👉 Before you start, choose which questions you want to appear next to each other. Then create 2 non-interactive slides, one before this group of questions and one after them. You can choose empty slides, but it is also possible and handy to place 2 slides with explanatory images, videos and/or text.
3. Keep the test’s layout simple and clean:
Students prefer working on tests with a simple and clean layout. A white background with black letters always works well, especially if coupled with text formatting options such as bold, cursive and/or underlined. Click on + component followed by text to format the text.
4. Add images to your test:
Next to the text component, you can also work with the Image component (+ component followed by image). Most people are visual and enjoy looking at pictures. By coupling images to questions you can trigger your students’ attention and reinforce the content.
Students can choose to magnify an image. Furthermore, you can also couple screenshots containing longer articles (e.g. source texts) to your questions. When magnified, screenshots also improve text readability for dyslexic students.
Written by Jan-Wolter Smit - Head of Education, LessonUp